Another week, another Hogwarts—but don’t expect to learn any witchcraft in this one.
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Harry Potter might be flying over to China soon: Universal Studios is planning to open a theme park in Beijing.
Universal Studios already has outposts in Hollywood, Orlando, Japan, and Singapore, but has been in talks to open one of their theme parks in China’s capital for years. Now that the Chinese central government has approved the park’s development, they’ll be getting to work filling the 300-acre space. READ FULL STORY
Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction recently set a box-office record in China, and now it’s starting to make a cultural impact there as well.
China Daily reports that a group of farmers in Xiaoye, a village in the nation’s eastern Shandong province, have started welding gigantic models of the robots from the film. The robots cost up to $16,000 and are being bought by property developers to put everywhere from housing developments to malls.
So let’s say you’re a major global superpower, and you just got your first aircraft carrier. What do you do next?
If you’re China, you commission a six-minute sizzle reel showing off your totally sweet ship, set to pop music, with lots of sun-dappled cinematography of badass planes and the ripped pilots who fly them. Thus: “Leading the Dream,” a video which cuts between naval maneuvers and pop-music interludes featuring Tibetan singer Rong Zhong Er Jia. READ FULL STORY
Satirist Andy Borowitz joked in a recent New Yorker column that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’s recent purchase of the Washington Post was a “gigantic mix-up.” In his mock news story, Borowitz wrote, “Mr. Bezos said he had been oblivious to his online shopping error until earlier today, when he saw an unusual charge for two hundred and fifty million dollars on his American Express statement. … According to Mr. Bezos, ‘I keep telling them, I don’t know how it got in my cart. I don’t want it. It’s like they’re making it impossible to return it.’”
Get it? Because Bezos started Amazon? And online shopping can be frustrating sometimes? LOL. LMAO. He-he. READ FULL STORY
With Iron Man 3 setting opening-day records in China, it’s become imperative for every Hollywood tentpole to pay homage to the world’s second-biggest movie market. At last month’s Beijing Film Festival, Paramount and Transformers 4 went decidedly all-in with their own China strategy. Not only will Michael Bay shoot scenes in China for the next installment in his robot franchise, now starring Mark Wahlberg, but the sure-blockbuster announced that it will also include speaking roles for the four Chinese actors who survive a new TV reality show.
The competition has already begun online and organizers expect approximately 80,000 contestants will enter for the chance to play a Kung Fu fighter, sexy lady, computer geek, or precocious Lolita-type. Correctly titled the Transformers 4 Chinese Actors Talent Search Reality Show and scheduled to air on Chinese television in June, the show will feature a panel of six judges led by former AMPAS president Sid Ganis and Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura.
But what exactly is the panel going to be judging? A story in the Hollywood Reporter hinted that the enormous field of candidates would be winnowed down by online voting after “auditions and testing.” What will the criteria be? And how will the judges articulate what they want and don’t want to see from the finalists? READ FULL STORY
The Chinese have decided they need to be reminded that good always triumphs over evil, and no one does good-over-evil better than the Home of the Brave. I mean, there’s a reason Superman said, “Truth, justice, and the American way.”
That’s the takeaway at least from a recent Beijing panel hosted by the National People’s Congress in which Chinese politician Huang Qifan encouraged his country’s judges to seek out “hero-driven foreign action films” and “Western courtroom dramas” in order to better control their own emotions while deciding cases, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
I know what you’re thinking: This is totally understandable. Also: Why didn’t they make any specific suggestions?
If you’re reading this in China, no worries. Here is a list of three top choices to brush up on if you’re heading up against a foreign hero and/or into a Western courtroom. What else should make the cut?
Once again, Brad Pitt is releasing cryptic messages — only this time, his words are inspiring excited speculation instead of baffled derision.
The international man of mystery recently joined Sina Weibo, a popular Chinese Facebook-Twitter hybrid, and posted what so far has been his only status update: “It is the truth. Yup, I’m coming…” So Brad Pitt’s planning a trip to China? Not really newsworthy — except for the fact that he was reportedly banned from entering the Chinese mainland after starring in Seven Years in Tibet. At least Pitt’s in good company; Richard Gere, Harrison Ford, and Martin Scorsese have also reportedly been put on a blacklist that prevents them from entering China and/or Tibet.
James Cameron always has one foot in the future. As a filmmaker, he waited several years to make Avatar so that the effects technology would catch up to the vision he had in his head. And as a savvy businessman, he’s bet heavily in the vast potential of the Asian movie market. “Within five years, China could easily be as big a gross-revenue market for film as North America, and there are very specific economic incentives for having both Chinese content and Chinese co-production,” Cameron recently told the Hollywood Reporter.
But Cameron is looking beyond investing in mere cinematic infrastructure; he’s doubling down with his creative process. The Oscar-winning director tells the trade that Avatar fans should expect to see Chinese actors and Chinese characters in his two sequels. “We can have Chinese Na’vi; [and in the live-action sequences] we can also have Chinese actors who speak English in the film.” Cameron said. “We are projecting a future in Avatar, and if you project that future out, it is logical that there would be a number of Chinese amongst the contingent on Pandora.” READ FULL STORY
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